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August 8, 2012, 6:20 PM

August 8, 2012

Hello.  For those of you who do not know, I am a high school math teacher by trade.  We have been at school doing inservice for the past 3 days.  In Christian love, I must say that most of what we do during this time is a huge waste of my time.  That being said, every year, I end the school year with a kind of "me" attitude.  I think about how good (or bad) of a year I have had.  Would I be doing this for another year?  The whole mindset is on myself.  Then when inservice rolls around, especially this year because of Common Core, you are constantly reminded that it is about the kids.  That is kind of how we are in our own walk with Christ.  I know Christ died for me.  I have accepted Him as my Savior.  I pray. I study.  But sometimes, because I am flesh, I start thinking about this thing being somehow about me.  It is about what I can get out of the deal.  In a way it is nice to be reminded that teaching is not about how crummy of a job I have.  Instead, it is about impacting the lives of a bunch of kids in a positive way.  In the same manner, when we get upset about our Sunday School classroom getting rearranged, a new youth pastor coming in, louder music, the preacher not preaching from KJV, or not singing enough hymns, maybe, just maybe that is God letting us know that we need to check ourselves.  See my Christian walk has very little to do with Rayden's comfort.  It is about God working through us to shake up this world and to illuminate the darkness.  I have as much trouble with this as anyone.  In fact, I bet I struggle with this more that most people.  Let us always reevaluate our walk with our God.  I love you all.  God bless.

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July 21, 2012, 8:37 PM

July 21, 2012

I have never been one to shy away from technology.  Some folks just will not deal with it.  My son is a tech guru.  I am somewhere in between.  The "old school" church will stay away from technology in the church.  The "new school" church will have everything techified.  I believe there is a balance somewhere in between.  This probably goes back to how I am with technology.  I look at it this way.  God has given man the ability to come up with this stuff, so why not take advantage of it.  There was a time, not long ago, when a rural church was not going to reach anyone outside of a few miles of the church.  Now, in this digital age, we can record entire worship services and have them uploaded onto the church website with the click of a button.  Why not?  We can stream live worship services across the globe and reach anyone that has internet.  I think it is time for us to tap into this seemingly limitless resource and start reaching people.  May God bless you.


08-07-2012 at 1:53 AM
Debra Rhodes Bartlett
Great website! I attend Cavanaugh free will Baptist Church in Fort Smith,Arkansas and we have 600 people ever sunday in church and we have nothing like this.I am so proud to call Folsom my home church.God bless you and all you set out to accomplish for our Savior...
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July 11, 2012, 1:05 PM

July 11, 2012

Man, where has the time gone?  This past month has been one of the busiest months I have ever experienced.  Well, maybe not, but I have taken it like it has been.  On June 15, one of our most beloved members, Sis. Estelle Daniel, crossed over into Glory.  As I sit here today, I cannot believe that it has already been a month.  She was such a precious lady.  I have never been around anyone that leaned on God like she did.  She was such an inspiration to me and my family.  I know she is reaping a harvest that I can only dream about. 

Then, I helped move my brother from Fort Stockton, TX to Sherman.  Let me just say that things didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked.  However, God did bless us even when we had a blowout on I-20 in the middle of Abilene at 9:30 p.m.  Sometimes it is so easy to focus on everything going wrong that we fail to see what is going right.  God's hand was upon us.  He protected us the entire way.  I praise Him for that!

Last week, we attended our church camp.  It was awesome, as usual.  I got to reconnect with an old buddy during the week, Brent Rose, who was our evangelist for the camp.  We witnessed kids make first-time decisions to follow Christ and others rededicate their lives.  God did work at Camp Bond last week.  I pray that it doesn't stop there but continues on today in the lives of all the kids at camp.  To God be the glory!

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June 13, 2012, 11:54 AM

June 13, 2012

God has blessed my life in so many ways.  I know I have been saved.  I know I am a Christian today.  Since I have been reading the book Not A Fan and starting the study of the same name, I am seeing how short I fall all the time.  Sometimes it is difficult to know the difference between a devoted follower of God and just a really good fan of God.  I pray. I study. I spend time working at the church.  Probably none of it as much as I should.  But how do we know?  How do we truly know if we are a follower or a fan.  I know many people who are just church attenders.  A true fan cannot be found out by the regular guy.  They do everything the way they should.  The difference is what is on the inside, and only God knows that.  Some folks are such good fans that they don't even know that is what they are.  I fear that Jesus will tell many people one day "I never knew you."  The words will be directed to those who thought they had it figured out.  Get in tune with God today.  Sacrifice for Him today.  Let the Holy Ghost move you today.  I love you, Father.  Have a blessed day.


May 21, 2012, 3:49 PM

May 21, 2012

It is funny how we are all resistant to change in one way or another.  There are a few things in this world that we are just used to having around.  As a teacher and a preacher, I see how we are creatures of habit.  We go in somewhere, sit in the same spot we always sit, order the same food, blah blah blah blah blah.  We like to be comfortable, and when new things are thrown at us, we don't like it! Period!  As a church, we say we want to grow.  Well, growing requires change.  That is just the way it is.  Here at Folsom, we have a lot of history.  Great men and women have followed a vision, and it has worked.  We are promoting a new vision.  Things are going to change.  We are remodeling facilities, services, and ourselves.  It is time!  We are here to change the world and more importantly the kingdom of God.  Some great things are happening here, and once some right pieces fall into place we will soar.  Exciting times!  God bless.

Pastor Rayden

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